Saudi Arabia announces seizure of nearly half a million captagon pills worth millions of euros

File – Italy, Salerno – July 1, 2020. Italian police – Guardia di Finanza – seize 14 tonnes of world-record amphetamine produced by the Islamic State group in Syria. The drug is worth 1 billion Euros and is in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets. – Europa Press/Contact/Naples/Giacomino – Archive


Saudi Arabian customs authorities announced this Friday that 460,000 captagon pills, the potent psychostimulant, have been seized in the region, the smuggling of which has seen an extraordinary increase over the past decade, particularly during the escalation of the conflict in Syria, the epicenter of production. your product.

In a statement published on the website of the Saudi customs administration, Zakat, it was reported that the shipment was stopped hidden inside the machines in the port of Duba in Saudi Arabia, and two people who were to receive the shipment were arrested. details about the origin of the shipment.

According to estimates by international medical organizations collected by the Arab News portal, the market value of the seized pills was between four and eleven million euros.

Developed in the 1950s with a mixture of amphetamine and theophylline, Captagon has been used in the treatment of depression, attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy, but in recent years, an increase in its use has been detected in war zones and in the ranks of jihadist groups. .

Source: Noti Merica

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